I’ve moved!

8 06 2008

I decided I wanted to improve the blog for 2008 and to do that I need to move the blog off of WordPress.com onto a domain of its own.

So here’s the new site (and my apologies to all for not getting the word out BEFORE the 2008 draft).


Hopefully, you enjoy the new clean look to it.


Larry Johnson to throw out first pitch

14 05 2008

CDT tracks down the ex-Spikes

5 05 2008

UncleLar Take:

Be sure and check out the link. Guy Cipriano has down a great job of updating how each of the ex-Spikes are performing with their current teams.

Former Spike Chris Castorri makes his Curve debut

28 04 2008

Castorri became the second Spike to play for the Curve, Brandon Williams being the other, when he made his AA debut over the weekend against the Erie Seawolves. Castorri’s appearance was an actual promotion to the Curve, while Williams was simply as an emergency fill in pitcher who got the call simply because he was just 40 minutes away in State College. Unfortunately, Chris’ debut wasn’t as memorable as he would like as he took the loss giving up a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh as the Seawolves won 5-4.

Read about it in the Johnstown Tribune Democrat

CDT: New Spikes manager going the extra mile

23 04 2008

New Spikes skipper gives his thoughts

23 04 2008

UncleLar Take:

I got a kick over Fisher’s reaction to the environment here in State College.

If he’s worried about anything, it’s the risk of putting a group of young men into an idyllic setting — he said the park here spoils the young players, who advance to lesser facilities within the organization — not to mention the distraction of Penn State, the setting for the team.

Sabermetrics coming to the Pirates?

17 04 2008

Dan Fox, on of the authors at the Baseball Prospectus announced in his column today that he would be leaving BP to join the Pirates front office staff.  It looks like the Pirates will be embracing some of the statistical analysis approaches that BP is famous for.

In a related topic, I’ve been flirting with the idea of adding a twist to this site.  This season rather than simply acting as a repository of information about the Spikes, I intend to add some sabermetric analysis.  Hopefully readers will find the new stuff as interesting as I do and embrace it the way that it appears the Pirates might be.